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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appears in Blackout The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile

"You've seen my work. It speaks for itself."
— Spectre's default comment in the Winner's Circle in Black Ops III

"Spectre" is a character and Specialist featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and also appears in Call of Duty: Mobile. Spectre is an assassin whose true identity, and even existence, is kept highly classified.


Black Ops III[]

"Next to nothing is known about the presumed wet-works Specialist, Spectre. The designation itself is a codename agreed upon by the various agencies that have pooled their intelligence on unsolved assassinations, inferring his or her existence based on either evidence found at the scene or from fragmentary reports given by shaken bystanders. Despite heavy redaction, all accounts suggest an individual capable of extraordinary stealth, able to evade or neutralize the most sophisticated of manned or automated security set-ups. In every case, Spectre’s victims have been ‘handled’ with surgically precise mid-line wounds with rarely any signs of struggle."
— Spectre's biography

Spectre is a free agent that is often hired to assassinate high-ranking officers. Spectre's real name, date and place of birth, and even gender are unknown to the public, thus shrouding their past in mystery; however, it is shown that they are privy to Reaper's existence as a prototype, and relish in being a free agent, sharing the joy of freedom on the battlefield with Firebreak. Spectre is meticulous when it comes to receiving a liquidation order, often comparing the battlefield to a game of chess, and is willing to succeed by any means necessary, even if it requires the sacrifice of many lives. On the battlefield, Spectre takes pleasure in the act of killing, and shows a degree of cockiness, openly calling even their teammates amateurs, but maintains a calm demeanor when their team loses or the battle ends in a draw, confident that victory will eventually be achieved.

Most of the other Specialists do not appreciate Spectre's presence on the battlefield, even when on the same side, due to their mysterious background and hidden intentions. They are occasionally berated for being a lone wolf and not strictly fighting for their faction's goals (by Outrider, Ruin, and Seraph), and are particularly disliked by Ruin and Battery, who were once nearly killed during one of Spectre's missions. Conversely, Spectre only outwardly shows disdain for Ruin for his straightforwardness in fighting, and is willing to encourage other Specialists or give them advice.

Black Ops 4[]

In 2045, Spectre snuck into the Hydro Dam of Project Blackout. After killing the guards, they placed C4 in key locations and detonated them to flood the entire region.[2]

Special Issue[]

Black Ops III Transmissions[]

+++ Decrypt Success
Analytics: CDP
Tags: Liquidation Order, Tactics
Header Ends +++

Spectre: "Things are very rarely entirely as they seem. The key is to try to grasp the bigger picture. To understand the larger forces in play. Work out what their goals and endgames might be. Only when you understand this does the pattern and the larger picture emerge. For example, liquidation order 821-16. High ranking CDP military officer. Commander of an elite rapid deployment unit. Likes to get his hands dirty only when high kill counts are statistically likely. When non-operational, client remains in central command facility. Well defended...hard to infiltrate...untouchable. My third party was calling for target elimination at the earliest opportunity. How should I go about achieving my kill?"

+++ Decrypt Success
Analytics: NULL
Tags: Attitude
Header Ends +++

Ruin: "All due respect, Sir. I gotta ask why that action was authorized. Gamma and Epsilon have been quiet for weeks. We've been on the back foot in Charlie and Delta fighting for every scrap of ground. Moving our forces like that cost us territory we've already paid a high price for. Sir, permission to speak freely. Might want to consider a review of the intelligence. Seems like we haven't clue one what we were going after out there. Felt like a show of force we didn't have to make. Don't appreciate being sent on wild goose chases and nearly getting me and mine killed. Sir, hope it was worth it, Sir."

+++ Decrypt Success
Analytics: Winslow Accord, HVT, D.E.A.D, Ruin, Battery, CDP
Tags: Sabotage, EKIA
Header Ends +++

Spectre: "Convincing my contacts at WA SenCom that my client was an HVT was easy. They agreed that a direct assault on targets in sectors Gamma and Epsilon would draw him out at an acceptable level of loss. Of course, they were unaware that I had arranged for their D.E.A.D. systems to malfunction. I suspected that a sudden appearance of a hole in the WA air defense grid would tip the statistical odds of a deployment of my client to the AO. Everything was proceeding on plan, until callsigns "Ruin" and "Battery" led half a CDP battle group to the location that I was monitoring my targets from. Despite that minor inconvenience, I was able to proceed, engaging my client as he disembarked his transport, and liquidated as specified. That momentary look of stupid surprise on his face as he realized he was already dead... was... priceless."

+++ Decrypt Success
Analytics: CDP, D.E.A.D
Tags: Attidude
Header Ends +++

Ruin: "That whole setup was to smoke out one CDP a-hole?! And you couldn’t come up with something better than use those guys as bait? Here, I got a better plan for you. Take out their D.E.A.D. and flatten the whole base with standoff. One of these days, you’re gonna get what’s coming to you, buddy. Just hope I’m there to see it."

Spectre: "Was that a threat? Stupid. And naïve. This isn’t a brawl. This... this is chess. You’re pawns, nothing more. You set up the play, and leave your betters – knights, bishops, queens, and rooks – to strike tactically, surgically. You set the stage doing whatever it takes to make the story convincing, getting hundreds of lies if must be. Then, at the right time, with a single flick of my wrist, thousands can be saved."

+++Decrypt Success
Analytics: NULL
Tags: NULL
Header Ends +++

??: (clearing throat) "Based on the requirements layed out at the start of this procurement process, I'm certain that the intelligence gathered in the dossiers in front of you will lead you to conclude that the eight referenced individuals will be the best subjects for your program. Further, I believe that the plant you specified be placed amongst them will independently verify my findings. As instructed, the intelligence was gathered covertly, using a number of measures-"

?? 2: "Are you certain they were unaware of your surveillance?"

??: "Yes, sir, I stake my reputation."

?? 2: "There's more at stake here than your reputation."

??: "Sir, yes sir."

?? 2: "Very well. Leave us. We were never here. We have never spoken."


Main article: Spectre (Specialist)/Quotes

Call of Duty: Mobile[]

Spectre appears in Call of Duty: Mobile and was added during Season 2 in 2020 as part of the Dream Crystal Draw. Later, in 2021 in Season 3: Tokyo Escape, Spectre appears in the Comics.

Long time later, Spectre, along with Phantom, ambushes a UAC convoy transporting Cipher. He uses his Shadow Blade to kill many of the agents. After one of them chides him for using explosives on them, he kills the agent as well. Throwing his smoke grenade, he then engages Captain Price in a duel. Although Price fights bravely, Spectre wounds him after cutting him on his torso. Roach, who was lying in wait, opens fire on Spectre. He disappears afterwards, though he ditches his Shadow Blade.

Spectre later appears in Atlas Corporation's New Vision City. When the city is reduced to rubble thanks to the work of Makarov, Sophia and Wraith, he emerges from the flames, greeting Makarov and stating he cannot tell them how happy this makes him. He wonders if Makarov is having another one of his tantrums, while also wondering what New Vision City would look like in flames.

Right after this, the trio open fire on him, but he activates his Poltergeist, rendering himself invisible and knocks down both Makarov and Wraith, while Sophia watches in shock. Makarov tells Sophia to shoot at a nearby hydrant, which sprays water onto the surroundings and disables Spectre's Poltergeist ability.

With his camouflage compromised, Spectre immediately goes straight for Wraith, tackling and throwing her into a nearby building. He then goes after Makarov, kicking his weapon away and slicing off his right arm, and throws him aside, knocking down Sophia in the process as well. As he moves in to finish off Makarov, he comments that it's a privilege to see the great and terrible Makarov fall, as he sweats out his last and his mouth filling with bile.

But just as he prepares to finish off his prey, Wraith recovers and shoots him multiple times in the head, presumably killing him.

Despite his seeming demise, Spectre is later revealed to still be alive, when he ambushes Alex at his home.

Spectre later appears in The Club, ambushing Ether and her group consisting of Alias and Deadman, as well as Cipher. He nearly impales Ether with his sword, but is stopped by Cipher, who can see through his camouflage thanks to his glasses. But Spectre easily knocks Cipher aside, commenting that his glasses are a nice trick, but won't save them. Deadman takes Cipher's glasses, much to the latter's chagrin as he prepares to fight Spectre.

Spectre engages Deadman in battle, and although Deadman initially had the upper hand, Spectre manages to turn the tables by tearing off his cybernetic arm, and knocks him to the ground. He prepares to finish off Deadman, but is disoriented by Alias using her 'non-lethal prototype' weapon on him. Her weapon however, fizzes out merely seconds after it's use, much to Alias' chagrin. Spectre vows to peel the flesh from her bones, but is then slammed into a wall with a garbage bin by a recovered Deadman. Just before the group escapes, Deadman retrieves his arm.

Despite this, Spectre quickly recovers and kicks away the bin, saying that Ether's group can run, but there's nowhere he cannot find them.


Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]


Name Image How to obtain
Assassin Spectre Assassin head BO3 Unlocked by default
Arctic Spectre Arctic head BO3 Get 100 kills while playing as Spectre.
Jungle Spectre Jungle head BO3 Get 250 kills while playing as Spectre.
Hitman Spectre Hitman head BO3 Get 400 kills while playing as Spectre.
Professional Spectre Professional head BO3 Get 600 kills while playing as Spectre.
Earth Spectre Earth head BO3 Get 800 kills while playing as Spectre.
Bones Get 10 kills shortly after breaking from Active Camo.
Driver Get 20 kills shortly after breaking from Active Camo.
Chameleon Rapidly kill 2 enemies shortly after breaking out of Active Camo 2 times.
Hero Kill Spectre enemies shortly after breaking out of Active Camo in a single game.
Black Market[]
Name Rarity Image How to obtain
Red Jack Legendary Spend 300 CODPoints to purchase Contract or 600 CODPoints to unlock right away
Contract: When active, win 15 games to unlock.


Name Image How to obtain
Assassin Spectre Assassin outfit BO3 Unlocked by default
Arctic Spectre Arctic outfit BO3 Get 50 kills while playing as Spectre.
Jungle Spectre Jungle outfit BO3 Get 175 kills while playing as Spectre.
Hitman Spectre Hitman outfit BO3 Get 325 kills while playing as Spectre.
Professional Spectre Professional outfit BO3 Get 500 kills while playing as Spectre.
Earth Spectre Earth outfit BO3 Get 700 kills while playing as Spectre.
Bones Get 20 kills with the Ripper.
Driver Get 40 kills with the Ripper.
Chameleon Rapidly kill 2 enemies with the Ripper 3 times.
Hero Kill 6 enemies in a single game with the Ripper.
Black Market[]
Name Rarity Image How to obtain
Red Jack Legendary Spend 300 CODPoints to purchase Contract or 600 CODPoints to unlock right away
Contract: When active, win 15 games to unlock.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]


Name Rarity Image Theme How to obtain
Killabyte Default Killabyte Obtain Twitch Prime Pack 1
Primo Default Crown Obtain Twitch Prime Pack 4
Spectre Default Operator Operation Spectre Rising Contraband Tier 0
Unlocked by Default. (post Spectre Rising)
The Numbers Default Spectre The Numbers Skin BO4 The Numbers Complete the Outfit Mission for Spectre in Blackout.
Compost Legendary Compost Operation Dark Divide Contraband Tier 10
Cuttlefish Legendary Spectre Cuttlefish Skin BO4 Water Days of Summer Contraband Tier 30
Ninja Epic Spectre Ninja Skin BO4 Assassin Reserves


Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]

Call of Duty: Mobile[]



  • Although their true gender is unknown, Spectre speaks with a synthesized male voice.
    • In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, when killed with fire or the H.I.V.E., Spectre will scream in an unfiltered male voice, suggesting that their true gender may be male. Spectre's grunts when otherwise hurt are also unfiltered.
    • In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Spectre uses the male animation for the gesture "Dancing Shoes". Moreover, when killed in Infected, Spectre is changed to the zombie male model.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]

  • During Operation Dark Divide, Spectre was given the supervillain alias "Spectral", and was aligned with the villains in their struggle against the superheroes.
  • In the cut Career mode, Spectre was aligned with the Free People's Army and was planned to be revealed as Battery's brother, James.